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In Praise of the Literary Provocateur

I’m somewhat allergic to the concept of political correctness for its own sake. I am, however, wide open to the ...

Black Love and Feminism in THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD

In my English and Literature classes, whether they were undertaken at the high school, undergraduate, or graduate level, the novels ...

Don’t Think You’re a Feminist? Read Gloria Steinem’s MY LIFE ON THE ROAD.

“What seems to be one thing from a distance is very different close up,” writes Gloria Steinem in the preface ...

Gendered Genre Terminology: Books for Men

via GIPHY Let’s talk about men for a minute. The poor dears. We women get all these fancy terms to ...

No Context Given: How It Feels to Be a Girl

Thanks for mansplaining how it feels to be a girl, Superboy. Now go forth and treat women fairly. 80 Page ...

Abortion in YA Lit: A Reading List

Abortion has been on my mind a lot lately. Part of it is because of the continued efforts to defund ...

5 Books of Badass Ladies in History and Today

I’ve often been inspired by fictional lady heroes I read about in books, but nothing beats the feeling of reading about ...

11 On A YA Theme: Intersectional Feminism

Taylor Swift is still a budding feminist. It took her many years to understand what being a feminist meant, and ...

Fantastic Feminist Books For Young Adults

This post is for Isabella, who wanted a book round up like the one I put together for younger readers ...

Combating Fat Phobia in YA Lit

One of the biggest pet peeves of mine in YA lit and in our society more broadly is how poorly ...

FURIOSA Doesn’t Add Much to FURY ROAD

I don’t normally love action movies, but I loved Mad Max: Fury Road. So fast-paced, so delightfully action-y—it kept my ...

Discussions of Trauma & Kink in Romance

The following content discusses sexual violence and may be triggering for some readers. If you’re uncomfortable or triggered by these ...

Joss Whedon And Feminism

#NotAllMen but a certain group of people, made up of almost all men, are rabidly anti-feminist. Feminism is a word ...

No “Cool Girls” Allowed: Female Friendship at Marvel

cool girl, /ˈkül-ˈgər(-ə)l/ noun. A female person who is “not like those other girls.” She only has male friends, because girls ...

10 Rad Poetry Slam Videos You Must Watch

It’s National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these amazing poetry slam performances. “Black College” (Poets Unknown) On racial conformity and college: ...